New Student Checklist

The start of your first semester is a busy and exciting time. Taking care of the items on this checklist will help you make a smooth transition into college life at Seneca. We’ve even suggested some timelines to help you prioritize tasks.

After Accepting Your Offer

Find Housing

Seneca has residences at our Newnham and King campuses. Find out more:


Activate Your My.Seneca Account

Set up your Seneca email account and learn how to access our online services.

View activation instructions.


Apply for Transfer Credit

Transfer Credits are granted for courses taken at other postsecondary institutions and deemed equivalent to a required course for your Seneca program.

One Month Before

Arrange Educational Accommodations

Academic Accommodations are available for students with a disability. Contact Counselling and Accessibility Services to make an appointment.

*The earlier you make the appointment, the sooner academic accommodations can be put in place.


Book Your Skills Assessment

The Skills Assessment is a tool to determine academic placement for English and/or math. To view your program’s requirements, other preparatory resources, and our online booking system visit the Skills Assessment website.


Sign Up for a Mentor

SMILE Mentoring offers new students an opportunity to connect with a senior student-mentor in their program area who can support them in their transition to college.
More information and to apply:

One Week Before

Register for Virtual Orientation

Join us online for Virtual Orientation. Watch on-demand videos, meet your Dean, and discover student life. Enjoy online sessions and a chat room that will answer all of your questions. Register now.


Access Your Timetable & Pay Your Fees

Access your timetable by logging into Student Centre. Check your timetable for possible changes the day before classes start.

Full tuition and fees are due the first day of classes. Payment can be made online through Student Centre.



Get Your OneCard

  • Upload your own photo
  • Pick up your official student ID card at your campus OneCard Office:
    • King – GH1077
    • Markham – G14
    • Newnham – B1015
    • Seneca@York – S1040

Enter the Locker Rental Lottery

Lockers are available for rent. They are assigned based on a random lottery system each semester. Enter the lottery.

*One student per locker. Lock is provided by Seneca.


Download the Seneca Apps

Seneca has 3 mobile apps designed to help you access the latest updates, find your way around campus and learn about campus safety.

Download Seneca Mobile, Seneca Navigate and Seneca Safe today.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

First Day of Class

Attend Your Classes

If you have questions or need help finding your classes, approach one of our ambassadors who may be identified by their red “Ask Me” shirts or button and welcoming smile.


Get a Seneca Student Handbook

Stay organized! Visit the Seneca Student Federation (SSF) office at your campus to obtain an official student agenda/planner:

  • King – MH1500
  • Markham – M345
  • Newnham – F1525
  • Seneca@York – S2014

Purchase/Rent Your Textbooks

Once you’ve attended your first class and your professor has confirmed the required texts and resources, visit the Bookstore to make your purchase.

And Beyond

Participate in Orientation Events

Attend fairs, webinars, and awareness days to learn important information. It’s also a great way to meet new friends. View our calendar of events:


Get Involved

Be an active member of Seneca’s community. Visit the Student Life website to learn about Athletics & Recreation, clubs, student government and the Seneca Leadership program.


Ask for Help

Visit Student Services at each of our four main campuses. Our door is always open, please drop-by or email us: orientation@senecacollege.ca.

Seneca Leadership Program

Are you looking to:

  • Get involved
  • Meet new people
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Build a comprehensive resume?

Then the Seneca Leadership Program is for YOU.